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Of course No player should take more than half a second to see the power of this pawn push' The pawn seizes control of a good bit of the centre (occupying d4 and attacking two other important squares), dislodges the bishop from its strong position, and uncovers an attack by his own cl bishop on the 4-pawn. It would have been sounder strategy to retreat to c7 instead, where the bishop is invaluable for defence. White gains a tempo with this capture, as he recovers the lost pawn and develops a...

Introduction

Did you ever see a chess master play tweniy games at once Have you wondered at < and perhaps envied) his confidence and ease a.s he slops lor a lew scconds at each board, gives the position on u a moment's consideration, and then casually makes a move Does he move quickly because he knows dozens of openings with hundreds oi variations by heart'* Hardly, because most of the games in such exhibitions take original turns which arc not to be found in the books. Does he analyse every conceivable...

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The above diagram shows how the men are set up at the start ol the game, with a player's eight pieces placed on the row nearest him and the eight pawns directly in front ol the pieces. When recording the moves of a game, first the piece is given and then the square to which the piece moves. For example, if White plays the move indicated by the arrow, moving his knight from g I to f3, then we write the move As is usual in books, we use figurines to denote the piece in chess notation & for...

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lt 'licss Notation and Symbols 7 I von Scheve-Teichmann. Berlin 1907 II Liubarski-Soultanbdiellf. Li ge 1928 19 Colie-Delvaux, Gand-Tcrncuzen 1929 23 4 Blackhurnc-Blanchard. London 1891 29 5 Ruger-Gebhard, Dresden 1915 35 f gt Zeissl-Walthoffen, Vienna 1899 39 Spielmann-Wahle. Vienna 1926 43 S Przepiorka-Prokes, Budapest 1929 47 Znosko-Borovsky - Mackenzie. Weston-super-Mare 1924 53 l lt gt Tarrasch-Eckart. Nuremberg 1889 61 II Flohr-Pitschak. Bilin 1930 65 i Pitschak-Flohr. Liebwerda 1934 70...

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Black protects the e-pawn, releases ihe c8-bishop and prepares gt la5 to remove the troublesome enemy bishop. At first glance it seems illogical give one bishop freedom while hemming in the other, but since the dark-squared bishop docs a good job at c7. it remains for the light-squared bishop to go out into the world. To provide refuge for the bishop against an attempt to remove it by 8 a5. To support an advance of the d-pawn, establishing a strong pawn-centre. Not so much to strike at the...

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There is no defence that will postpone the mate for long If 17 g3, then Black continues 17. Zh8 18 f3 Jtxe3 19 Wxe3 or 19 2i2Whl 19 xg3 . Or if 17 f3, guarding the g-pawn with his queen, then 17 Jtxe3 18 Bf2 Wxg2 is mate. Strange that White, who feared the pin so much, should perish by the pin Modern players consider this to be one of the best opening moves. It is equal in value to 1 c4 in that two pieces are freed tor action, while a pawn seizes a central square. The difference is that the...